December 18, 2022

The Nordic Skiing Association of Anchorage brings you the sixth annual Solstice Tree Tour: A unique Alaskan celebration of Winter Solstice and the return of longer days!

As a northern community, we need events that encourage all ages and abilities to get outside and celebrate the winter solstice, especially in the middle of a pandemic. We have modified the event to create a COVID friendly atmosphere for local businesses to sponsor and decorate trees on some of the most loved trails in Anchorage. NSAA will open the Kincaid Mize’s Loop trail to all users for one day only. There will be lots of people on the trails, please leave dogs at home. 

All the community members can enjoy walking through the winter wonderland on trails that are normally only accessed by skiers. This is a very popular, family friendly event, bringing together all ages, levels of fitness, and outdoor enthusiasts.


COVID-19 Mitigation Plan

NSAA will follow all CDC guidelines and adhere to any changes of the Anchorage municipal code. Currently there is no mandatory COVID restrictions with any of our outdoor programs. For indoors masking is welcome and optional for any families making that choice. If any health climate changes, NSAA may update and change this policy.
If you are positive with COVID or have any symptoms please stay home and do not participate in any NSAA activities or events until recovered. Please follow CDC guidelines for return to activities.


With the growing popularity of the Solstice Tree Tour, NSAA is happy to offer FREE shuttle service starting at 4pm every 20-30 minutes from Kincaid Elementary and 6420 Kulis Drive.  Masks required on the shuttle buses. Parking West of the Raspberry Lot will be for VIP’s and Volunteers, any remaining spots will be first come, first serve.

6420 Kulis Drive Kincaid Elementary
4900 Raspberry Rd
4 Shuttle Buses Running Constantly from 4-8pm 2 Shuttle Buses Running Constantly from 4-8pm


Thank you to our Parking Crew, the Anchorage Fire Department Explorer Program!





Want to Avoid Vehicle Traffic? 


Bike to the event and park your bike in the Bike Corral, provided by the Trek Store of Anchorage! The Bike Corral will be at the start of the Mize Loop.



Interested in Sponsoring a Tree?

The cost of a basic tree sponsorship is $500 and trees are available for sponsorship/decoration at either location. If your business is struggling due to the impact of COVID and you are interested in alternative options for participation, please contact the NSAA office. Businesses can choose their own decorations and can include lights, ornaments, ribbons, etc. Get creative!! After touring the loop, participants will have the opportunity to vote on the best tree.

The winning company will be given ¼ page color ad in the Alaska Nordic Skier publication (valued at $250) as well as all of the businesses being featured on a high traffic page of the NSAA website (189k visits last season).  

Click here to review Sponsorship opportunities or email Sara at


If you would like to be involved or have any questions, please email Sara Miller at

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The NSAA Solstice Tree Tour would not happen without these amazing sponsors.
Thank you to the following for supporting our community and trails!




Check out this virtual 2020 Solstice Tree Tour video produced by the wonderful, Wilderness Glory